This 100-member orchestra, one of China’s finest, performs orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers in styles ranging from classical and romantic to contemporary and modern.
Many CNSO musicians have won prizes at both national and international levels. The orchestra was originally founded in 1956 as the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China. It underwent a restructuring and renaming in 1996. It is led by Composer Guan Xia, Laureate Conductor Muhai Tang, Principal Resident Conductor Li Xincao, and Principal Guest Conductor En Shao.
World renowned conductors like Ormandy, Herbert von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Slatkin, Rozhestvendsky, Schwarz and Peress have collaborated with the CNSO throughout its 50-year history.
The orchestra’s concerts are often televised around the world. It has toured some 14 countries, including the U.S., United Kingdom and Germany; and its performances have been lauded by members of the international press, including Washington Post music critic and staff writer, Tim Page, who wrote, “The China National Symphony Orchestra is a solid, energetic and meticulously drilled ensemble. . . . Everybody in the hall seemed happy Saturday, however, at a concert stubbed with ovations.”
When it comes to acoustics, the 1600-seat Palladium is hard to beat. It offers as much as 2,600 square feet of space, appointed in rich Brazilian cherry wood floors, glass canopies and acoustically sensitive curtains above. Its domed European style design and limestone facades lend to a timeless elegance that is hard to find in other venues.
- Xia Guan – Earth Requiem, 1st Movement (without vocal)
- Jean Sibelius – Violin Concerto
- Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2
- Violin Soloist, Xi Chen
Before the Performance:
Taking place at 7:30 pm in the Robert Adam Room is “Classics in Context”, a sit-down with Carmel High School orchestra director, Join guest Soo Han and several students who were invited to perform with the Valparaiso University orchestra on a seven-day trip to China.
- China National Symphony Orchestra
- Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at the Palladium
- One Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032
- Tel. 317-843-3800 or toll-free 877-909-.2787